A walking billboard for her singular sense of creativity, Beatrix Ost is a transcendental artistic talent.
The visual artist, designer, fashion muse, screenwriter, filmmaker and producer also possesses one of those rich century-spanning biographies that seem rare nowadays: a childhood spent exploring her creative identity in barren, postwar Germany, formative years in the Studio 54/Andy Warhol epoch of New York City, and an artistic career in the US that has included major art shows and cemented her reputation as a style icon to the fashion industry.
But there’s no sense that Ost considers this nearly enough. Aging only presents for her an opportunity to evolve further, to get inspired by those younger than her and keep pushing boundaries creatively. But it also presents a lot of uncertainty.
“I’m standing with all that knowledge of quite an interesting and long life,” she says, her German accent still very much present. “But I’m suddenly by myself; and it’s glorious to be myself, but it’s also scary. So I feel like teenager in some way, which is interesting. I’m not so secure marching into that thing that one calls old age. It’s an experiment isn’t it?”